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America's Atonement

Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing -- 2nd Edition

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Aaron David Gresson III

The second edition of America’s Atonement: Racial Pain, Recovery Rhetoric, and the Pedagogy of Healing argues that racial pain is a driving force in contemporary race relations and is especially prevalent in social discourses on identity, fairness, and social justice. Despite its importance, racial pain is too often glossed over as mundane or disingenuous. For this reason, social justice activism and education are in danger of undermining the needs and opportunities to more effectively convey what has been called «difficult knowledge». This book highlights emergent examples of psychic and relational healing.
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Chapter 3. Narcissism and White Pain: The White Male and the Masculinity Crisis—Again

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NARCISSISM AND WHITE PAIN

The White Male and the Masculinity Crisis—Again

Humiliation is so injurious to the psyche, so threatening to the self, that it must be healed. When that sense of self is gendered, it is masculinity that must be restored. Anger and rage are the translation of that humiliation into the potential for action. And anger can mobilize the self to retrieve and restore the individual’s sense of masculinity through any means possible, including violence.

– Michael Kimmel (2013: 75–76)

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